“Goodbye, I Love You!” (Romans 10:13)

The state of Hawaii is still reeling from its recent false alarm missile alert. With air raid sirens blazing and messages flashing on smart phone and television screens warning that a ballistic missile strike was imminent, thousands of islanders were whipped into a panic. Images and videos of people diving into manholes or holding each other in terror abound on social media. About thirty minutes later, the same devices streamed the message that it was a false alarm.


I found out about the missile alert when I glanced at an open browser page on the internet. Before I could call my family and friends in Hawaii, the confirmation that this was a false alarm was issued. The next day, I received a text message from my sister, who lives there with her family.


“Sorry I didn’t text you yesterday. But if I had time, I would have called you and said, ‘Goodbye, I love you!’ “


What else could one do or say in such a situation? Pundits estimate that if this was a true ballistic missile attack, there would probably be less than twenty minutes to seek shelter, and realistically, what type of shelter could one find to survive a nuclear attack? All any of us may have time for is a brief note, a phone call, or a hug…and then eternity. Sadly, these very scenarios were undoubtedly repeated that morning by the people of Hawaii.


Many years ago, Pastor Erwin Lutzer eloquently wrote, “Often we say that Christ will meet us on the other side. That is true, of course, but misleading. Let us never forget that He walks with us on this side of the curtain and then guides us through the opening. We will meet Him there, because we have met Him here.”


These are true words, but contingent upon one important decision, did you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:13 (ESV)


If you confess and repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He will meet us here in this life and the next. It does not matter if there are decades left in your lifespan or a few minutes. Our salvation is not dependent upon how long we have known Jesus, only that we have surrendered our life to Him. The world is at the brink of nuclear war. If that terrible moment were ever to occur, I pray that the last words that I could say to anyone is more than, “Goodbye, I love you.” My sincerest desire is that I will also be able to say, “I will soon see you in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”




Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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